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Virgin Galactic

SpaceShip One first space flight

29 Sep, 2004

virgin-galactic-spaceship-1-firstSpaceShip One completes its first flight into space, the first of the two flights needed within a week for the $10 million Ansari X Prize for commercial spacecraft. It completes several rolls at the top of its trajectory, which aren’t in the flight plan, and the engine shuts down early, but the spaceship lands safely. Pilot Mike Melvill:

That was a really good ride. I feel like I nailed it.